Living far from home tests me. When the recent tragic event unfolded in Martin Place, Sydney, I scrolled through social media, emailed family and friends, and checked on Facebook posts so I could keep up to date with the latest news. During these times you feel helpless, living thousands of miles away; digital technology gives you control in a situation from which you are removed. In an instant, I knew where my mum and dad were, where my sisters were, that my brothers and close friends were ok. That’s something a phone call could never do, especially when the lines used to be so jammed, I could never get through.
Most of all, such events show us that we’re in this together, no matter which part of the world we live in. We may not agree on everything, but we come from the same place. A good place.